Regulators release draft Environmental Impact Statement on Stibnite Gold Project
Published by Laura Dean,
Global Mining Review,
Midas Gold Corp. have announced that the US Forest Service’s (USFS) had released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on the Stibnite Gold Project for public comment. Individuals will have 60 days to comment on the proposed redevelopment and restoration of the former Stibnite gold, silver, antimony and tungsten mine, which is located in Valley County, Idaho. The comment period is legally required to be 45 days and the USFS has decided to grant a 15-day extension. In addition to producing gold and silver, the Stibnite Gold Project would produce the only domestically mined source of the critical mineral antimony in the US, invest approximately US$1 billion in construction, provide approximately 500 direct, family wage jobs for Idahoans as well as numerous indirect jobs in the supply, services and contracting sectors, address numerous legacy mining issues affecting the environment and reconnect migrating salmon to their native spawning grounds for the first time in more than 80 years.
Midas Gold designed the Stibnite Gold Project to integrate responsible, modern mining with the restoration of legacy and new disturbances. At first glance of the extensive DEIS released today, readers should note that the Executive Summary prepared by the USFS only summarises the impacts of proposed mining. The reader should look to the rest of the document and Appendix D to see the holistic impact analysis with the voluntary and required mitigation proposed for the various resources incorporated.
The project has strong support in Idaho, with more than 1000 people signed up as members of the Support Stibnite Coalition, most of them Idaho residents.
Individuals who wish to view the document or comment on the Project can visit www.RestoreTheSite.com. Additional information about the Project and Midas Gold’s plans for site restoration, redevelopment of mining operations, reconnecting salmon to their spawning grounds, protecting the environment, jobs, and producing the critical mineral antimony, can be found at www.midasgoldidaho.com/news/deis-released/. Comments on the DEIS are due by 13 October 2020.
Read the article online at: https://www.globalminingreview.com/environment-sustainability/17082020/regulators-release-draft-environmental-impact-statement-on-stibnite-gold-project/
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